Monday February 24, 7pm
Looking/Talking: a Live Cinema Improvisation with Stephanie Barber
admission $6 – artist in person

© courtesy of Stephanie Barber

We are very happy to welcome artist and writer Stephanie Barber, in town from Baltimore, for a night of live, improvisational “cinema performance”. The event marks the first New York performance of the artist’s ongoing project Looking/Talking. In this work, Barber armed with her video camera records a live feed of herself looking through photographs and other images and responding to the spontaneous memories through stories and poetics, inquiry and silence, sorrow and jokes. The work is related to the artist’s current project with Bonnie Jones called “New Collaboration in Translation and Aliveness” as well as readings she has given for her book “Night Moves”, all of which are spoken improvisations.

“Some years ago I was inspired by David Antin’s talk poems and have wanted to push myself to this scary space of unpremeditated improvisation. I am using the photographs and my lifelong obsession with photographs (both as an art object and a memorial alembic) as a diving off point for my words and silences.” –SB

Stephanie Barber is an American writer and artist. She has created a poetic, conceptual and philosophical body of work in a variety of media. Many of her videos are concerned with the content, musicality and experiential qualities of language. Last year, Barber completed her first feature length narrative film DAREDEVILS. Barber’s films and videos have has been screened nationally and internationally in solo and group shows at MoMA, NY; The Tate Modern, London; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Paris Cinematheque; The Walker Art Center, MN; MOCA Los Angeles, The Wexner Center for Art, OH, among other galleries, museums and festivals. Her videos are distributed by The Video Data Bank, Chicago and her films by Canyon Cinema. Barber’s essays, stories and poems are widely published in print and online. Her books these here separated to see how they standing alone and Night Moves were published by Publishing Genius Press in 2010 and 2013 respectively.

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